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AXPONA 2017: VTL creates mid-priced magic with Dynaudio, Naim

It’s not unusual for high-end amplifiers to be a particularly good match with some speakers, but not others.

It’s been rare for me, however, to hear an amp from Chino, Calif.-based… 539 more words

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AXPONA 2017: The Reel Deal

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

I love trolling the physical format cat fights on Facebook. “Vinyl vs Digital – Bowl of Milk, Party of Two”: blah blah, yada yada. 124 more words

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AXPONA 2017: Doshi takes a balanced view of tubes

I first met Nick Doshi in 2013 at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest where he was showing a prototype of his v3.0 monoblocks, a push-pull design that used four KT-150 tubes to produce 160 watts per channel. 467 more words

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AXPONA 2017: Von Schweikert and VAC go big, listeners go home envious

It’s always fascinating to see what speaker makers come up with when cost is no object.

I’m not referring to the many models out there that use expensive drivers, top-shelf parts or intricate cabinets. 680 more words

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AXPONA 2017: Sanders rewards listening without prejudice

I’ve been raving about Sanders Sound Systems’ amazing Model 10e hybrid electrostatics for so long now, I’m afraid of being accused of taking payola. 737 more words

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AXPONA 2017: Music From Another Room, Part 1

A photojournal by Eric Franklin Shook

A truth I’ve found: the host of the room sets the mood. This cramps the monotony one might expect when attending an audio show. 495 more words

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AXPONA 2017: NAD doesn’t forget past as it embraces future

NAD Electronics for years was best known for being the stalwart of an underserved audio niche — affordable high-end.

Its receivers, integrated amps and separates didn’t offer a lot of bling or bells and whistles, just good parts quality and dependable sound. 318 more words

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